Brunei’s Prince Abdul Azim’s cause of death has been revealed by his younger brother, Prince Mateen, in an Instagram post.
Abdul Azim was diagnosed with severe systemic vasculitis – an autoimmune disease – earlier this year while he was also battling bipolar disorder. He died from multiple organ failure due to “persistent infections” and the autoimmune disease.
Prince Mateen shared the information because he said it is what his older brother would have wanted as the late royal “was a big advocate of bringing awareness to different causes.”
Prince Mateen shared that he was “eternally grateful” for spending so many years of childhood with his brother; his older brother loved to play pranks, joke around, and had a laughter that was “so contagious.”
Mateen added that his family were “all heartbroken and love [Azim] infinitely.” He went on to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, adding, “We are okay. We just miss him.”
Prince Abdul Azim died on 24 October at the age of 38.
The Prince died at Jerudong Park Medical Centre in Jerudong, and his death was announced by Royal Palace on Saturday. Following Islamic tradition, his funeral also took place on Saturday, his day of death. His Royal Highness was laid to rest beside his grandfather, Sultan Omar Ali Saifuddien III in the Royal Mausoleum.